Batista a fixture at fixing things

Your name: Joseph Batista
Your job: Maintenance and grounds keeper at Roosevelt County Courthouse
Your age (and birth date): 57, August 21, 1947
Your hometown: Portales
Occupation: Landscaping and Maintenance
Your family (spouse, children, names and ages): Deanna (spouse), Christine Phipps, 32; Sharon Muniz, 30; Michelle Terry, 28; Joseph Batista, 23; David Batista, 21
Your hobbies and groups you are involved with, volunteer work: I like fixing things, working on projects, doing landscaping, planting gardens. Knights of Columbus.

What do you think of Portales?
“It’s a quiet, homey town with lots of warm and friendly people.”

What do you invision yourself doing in 10 years?
“I hope to be retired and be able to travel and enjoy my time with my family and the grandchildren.”

Tell us about your parents:
“Joe and Angeline Batista are Portuguese. They taught me my moral values, a strong faith, and a strong work ethic. Family always was important, but God came first. They taught me never to give up on my dreams.”

Who is your hero and why?
“My Grandfather Batista. I always wanted to be like him because he was an example t me of faith, strong character, and love for family and others.”

What is your greatest hope?
“That my children and grandchildren will continue the strong family values that are so important to Deanna and I.”

If money were no object, what would you do to make the world a better place?
“Buy plants and make this community more of a park.”

Tell us about your greatest individual accomplishment:
“Having raised five wonderful, talented and successful children.”

When you were a kid, what did you think you’d be doing as an adult?
“I was planning to be a dairyman.”

If I could do anything, I would…

Tell us about a happy time:
“When each of our children were born.”

What is your favorite TV show, past and present?
“National Geographic and the History Channel.”

What is your favorite book and why?
“Robinson Crusoe because my mother gave it to me and it was and adventure story.”

What’s your favorite smell?
“Dinner cooking.”

What would you like printed on your gravestone?
“I loved my family and my life and gave them my all.”

What’s your theme song?
“I Believe.”

What’s your idea of a perfect day?
“Spending the day with my family.”

What do you like about your job?
“Meeting many people during the day; I perform tasks that make a difference for people and this community.”

Tell us about your spouse:
“Deanna is a very loving and encouraging partner. I have been blessed with and angel that has helped and supported me for 34 years. She is the Special Education Director in Raton. She assists many teachers, students, and parents throughout the years with her knowledge, compassion and love for children with special needs.”

Tell about a time you were nervous:
“When Deanna had heart surgery two years ago.”